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Arthur Leipzig, a classic Street Photographer.

December 24, 2010

Arthur Leipzig was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1918. He studied photography at the Photo League

in 1942, before becoming staff photographer for the newspaper PM, where he worked until 1946.

During this time he completed his initial photo essay on the topic of Childrens’ Street Games.

In 1946, he left PM. After a short stint at International News Photos, he became a freelance

photojournalist, traveling on assignments around the world, contributing work to such periodicals as

The Sunday New York Times, This Week, Fortune,Look, and Parade. Edward Steichen encouraged him

to teach, which he did for twenty-eight years at Long Island University.

I think he has a great eye for a dramatic moment and also shapes within the frame. He cleverly

captures his subjects whilst they’re caught up in the joy of the moment.

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